CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Heavy rain fell Friday night and Saturday in Catawba and surrounding counties, with more than 10 inches in some places.
Locations around Newton and Hickory were the hardest hit. Flash flood watches are warnings were put into effect for several counties. See current alerts here.
First Warn Storm Spotter Joe Ikerd is from the Starttown Newton area. He was told by local officials that more than 10.5 inches fell there. He says the road leading to his house is underwater and about three inches of standing water is in his basement.
The Newton fire chief tells NBC Charlotte this is the worst flooding he’s seen it in his career, which spans 22 years. Crews responded to one water rescue Saturday morning, as well as other reports of residents who needed assistance. People are urged to avoid flooded roads and use extreme caution. Heavy rain also caused road washouts and structural damage.
In Lincoln County, officials say emergency crews responded to several incidents and dozens of personnel were assinged to work on the situation. Some roads are flooded and impassable, and one bridge has washed away. Again, drivers are reminded to avoid the area. One animal was pulled from flood water, and flood water trapped many drivers. All of them escaped on their own. There are no reports of injuries. Howard's Creek Mill Road and Reeps Grove Church Road were closed.
Conditions were less severe in Charlotte. Even so, the rain was enough to delay the annual 24 Hours of Booty ride for a time. The Charlotte Fire Department also rescued a stray dog stuck in mud in a creek in the 6600 block of Wannamaker Lane. The dog was dehydrated and exhausted, but was rescued safely.
The chance of shower and thunderstorms continues through Sunday. Temperatures will remain in the 80s this weekend. Drier skies are expected for the workweek.